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Young Adult Fiction 1985
Senior Year in the New Millenium
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Plot 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
June isn't happy that her mother has chosen to move out into the country, especially since she has arranged for June to ride into school with her best friend's son, the jockish and obnoxious Oliver. June is ready to be done with high school and move on, but Oliver is reveling in what he considers to be the best days of his life. The two are at odds over everything, especially music. June is dating Itch, and getting along well enough with him, but when the two break up, June fails to inform Oliver, who punches Itch when he is seen kissing another girl int he school hallways. There is definitely a connection between June and Oliver, but they are too involved in other high school activities and their futures after high school, to take the time to really do anything about it until prom rolls around.
Good Points
This book had some interesting insight into how high school students view their school experiences. June is done with school. She enjoys hanging out with her friends (including Shaun, who is gay, and Darbs, who is a bisexual Christian), and has to deal with her divorced parents, but feels that high school is just a stepping stone to greater things. Her father is off working on his acting career, but forgetting about her in the process. Oliver's parents are also having trouble, and his relationship with Ainsley is uneventful, but high school is what gives him his identity and his place in the world. Both are understandable views, and it's interesting to see them played against each other.

There are so many stories about people who hate each other at first and then fall in love, and I was concerned that this would be rather trite. I was pleased that it managed to spin June and Oliver's story a slightly different way, and that the bulk of the book was not about them pining for each other only to fall in love and have something rip them apart, like so many other books are. The inclusion of music will add appeal to many readers.

I've always been a big fan of teen literature from the 1950s, and Shuffle, Repeat had some of the same qualities-- up-to-the-minute descriptions of current trends in fashion, technology and social mores set against the unchanging angst that is senior year! Put this one in a time capsule as a perfect description of high school life in 2016!

This is definitely a young adult book, and while there isn't a lot of drinking or any instructional sexual activity, there is plenty mentioned, and very sensitive readers might want to try books by Sarah Dessen or Jennifer E. Smith instead.
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